EST. 2004


Sunday 29 December 2019 | Issue 0790



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ICQ 2019 roundup




Report supplied    


The newly elected Islamic Council of Queensland (ICQ) team took office on 10 February of this year.

Our first task was to take o we from the previous committee. With three key figures relinquishing their positions simultaneously it was never going to be an easy talk, but Alhamdolillah, we prevailed and the learning curve was steep but smooth.

Our first foray into the public spotlight was to handle the 15 Match Christchurch tragedy. The response to our memorial service was just phenomenal, with thousands of people attending to support our community.

Following the Christchurch tragedy, a month later we had the Sri Lankan suicide bombings on 21 April. We expected a massive backlash but thanks to Allah, there was no severe reaction from the wider community.

Public and talking engagements and explaining the basics of Islam to many different organisations and maintaining the ICQ brand has been a priority.

Ramadan was extremely busy with having to attend many iftaars, especially those hosted by non Muslim organisations.

A very successful Eid Down Under 2019 was another major undertaking and accomplishment for the new ICQ team.

ICQ initiated workshops on:

  • How to Make your Vote Count;

  • The NDIS and two Mental Health Workshops.

ICQ held its inaugural Citizenship Ceremony when 89 people became Australian Citizens. This was the first time in Australia that an Islamic organisation hosted such a ceremony.

We celebrated the success of Nadia Saeed, our Youth coordinator, who won the Qld Multicultural Youth Award for 2019.

We also celebrated the successful invitations to Abu Dhabi where Dina Ghasnawi and Nadia Saeed represented ICQ at the Forum for Promoting Peace.

We also held our first AGM in October which went off rather smoothly.

We end 2019 on a very positive note. ICQ successfully worked with various community based organisations and charities to raise $55,000 towards the Queensland Bushfire Appeal.

We look forward to your continued support in the new year.

Thanks to a wonderful group of volunteers for their outstanding contributions and efforts.




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Report supplied    


With 2019 sadly coming to an end. The Quran Alive course would like to congratulate, the students and alumni of 2019. Thirty-five students graduated and completed their year-long personal journeys of connecting to the words of Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala.
Although the year may be over, the students still remember their sacrifices and struggles throughout the year for both full time and part-time students.

“I went through every single emotion, from happiness, sadness, joy and excitement to self-doubt, saying to myself, I can’t do it, I’m not clever enough and had the thoughts of quitting.”

“I now look forward to carrying on with my journey in 2020, my soul is steady, I am stable, I have contentment and fulfilment in my heart.”

- Aunty Solihah – 2019 Full-Time Student

How did Quran Alive first begin?
The Quran Alive course is the culmination of over 14 years of research and development. Our Academy Alive scholars have tailored, refined and systemised our unique and insightful curriculum, producing world-class standards of education to suit all learning styles.

Complete with specially developed Nahwu (etymology) and Sarf (morphology) textbooks, gradual grammar readers to help you apply your theoretical knowledge, and over a dozen Quran exercise books published to assist each student to develop an ayah for ayah breakdown analysis through their Quran Alive journey.

“After doing the course, I felt a greater insight into my life and was able to give meaning and power to my existence. I also fell in love with the Quran and its verses, as every verse felt as if it bared heavyweight and meaning.”

“One of my most significant trials and challenges I found was overcoming the excuses, laziness and the “put it-off” mentality.”

- Uncle Naaziem 2019 Part-Time Student

With the year 2019 over and done with, Academy Alive welcomes the year of 2020. With course registrations limited. Book your consultation to talk to one of the Academy Alive scholars and secure your seat for both In-classes and Online.

Mabrook to the students of 2019. May Allah reward you for your efforts and may Allah allow you to continue to search for beneficial knowledge and enable you to pass this knowledge onto your children for many generations to come. Ameen.




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Swimming to Success




Report and photos supplied




The Hurricane Stars Club has been running swimming classes for ladies only and men only for the past three years. These classes have helped 100’s of women and men overcome their fear of water, learn to swim and develop water safety skills. Over the years there have been many inspiring stories told to our program’s volunteer coordinator, by the ladies in particular, about the affect learning to swim has had on their lives.


Mothers no longer need to sit on the sidelines and watch their family play in the water but now they can join them in having fun in the water, mothers have been able to rescue their children when they get into difficulty in the water because they are not afraid to get into the water and ladies can achieve their dreams of snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef because they have learned to swim and float.

The swimming program not only benefits those ladies who want to learn to swim but also those who need to exercise in the water for medical reasons. We are increasingly having ladies who are joining the program because they were referred by their doctors, as they need the low impact/high intensity effects of exercising in water. As exercising in water does not impact on the joints like other forms of exercise do but the resistance of the water helps them to get a more intensive workout. Many ladies have said that the pain they had been experiencing in their joints has eased or gone after participating in the classes, especially our aqua aerobics classes.

Last year we were chosen by Metro South Queensland Health to train community members as swimming instructors. As a result of which 15 Muslim ladies trained to be swimming instructors and to date 7 have completed their training and are qualified instructors.



One of the ladies who is now a qualified swimming instructor is a great inspiration to the ladies – Sharifa Gouicem (pictured above). Sharifa joined the lessons in January 2018, after having not swam for more than 10 years. She was our most consistent swimmer who came every week and rarely missed a lesson. When in September 2018, we advertised for ladies who were interested to train to be swimming instructors, Sharifa registered for the training. All 15 trainees who attended the initial 2-day instructor course were required to complete 20 hours of supervised training before completing their assessment as an instructor. After completing the initial 2-day course, Sharifa was the only lady out of the 15 who did the course who came every week to the ladies swimming lessons and completed her training hours in one term.


Six months after starting the training she was the second lady to receive her swimming instructor qualification and she is now employed by the Hurricane Stars Club to teach the ladies to swim as a part of our ladies swimming program. Sharifa is a great inspiration to our ladies in the swimming program as within 18 months she progressed through the swimming program from student to trainee instructor to being employed as an instructor and now she is mentoring the ladies who are still completing their training.

We are honoured to have been chosen as only one of 27 organisations across Australia, out of more than 100 applications, to be chosen as a Swimming Australia Community Swimming Grant recipient. We have been chosen to train more community members, both male and female, as swimming instructors and to also help qualified swimming instructors to improve their skills through further training as aqua aerobics instructors, infant instructors and access and inclusion (disability) instructors.


If any community member would like to train to be a swimming instructor or a currently qualified instructor would like to increase their skills (both males and females) please send an email to to register your interest. The hours will be mostly in the evenings and on the weekends and trainees must be committed to completing their course in a timely manner and then joining our program as an instructor.



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Sonny Bill Williams has taken a stand against China’s cruel oppression of a minority group, part of which has been likened to “mass rape”.


Rugby league and rugby union icon Sonny Bill Williams has tweeted his support of the minority Uighur ethnic group, mirroring the stance of soccer star Mesut Ozil which drew an angry response from China.

Cross-code star Williams may further provoke Chinese officialdom with his social media post, which denounces the treatment of Uighurs — a Muslim minority group native to Xinjiang, the supposedly autonomous region in China’s northwest.

China has been systematically targeting them, incarcerating as many as two million in facilities it describes as “vocational training centres”. In truth, they are modern day gulags where torture and other human rights abuses are rife.

In his tweet on Monday, Williams echoed the belief of Arsenal playmaker Ozil — who is also a practising Muslim — that more countries should speak out against China’s reported actions of detaining Uighur people in “re-education camps”.

“It’s a sad time when we choose economic benefits over humanity #Uyghurs,” Williams wrote, accompanied by an image illustrating oppression against the group.

Williams’ tweet comes a month after he signed a lucrative deal with Canada-based Super League club, the Toronto Wolfpack, having ended a lengthy and successful career with the All Blacks.

It remains to be seen if there is a backlash from China against the 34-year-old Kiwi, who hasn’t previously voiced his opinion on such a sensitive international topic.

China’s state broadcaster removed the English Premier League match between Arsenal and Manchester City from its programming in response to Ozil’s actions. The German midfielder was also removed from a Chinese-produced soccer computer game.

Ozil, who is Muslim, described the Uighurs as “warriors who resist the persecution” and “glorious believers who are fighting alone against those who try to forcibly take them away from Islam”.

“The brothers are forced into camps. Chinese men are settled in their families instead of them. The sisters are forced to marry Chinese men,” he said on social media.

“Despite all this, the Ummah (community) of Prophet Muhammad is silent. Doesn’t say anything. Muslims are not supported. Don’t they know that consenting to persecution is persecution?

“While these events have been on the agenda even in the Western media and states for months and weeks, where are the Muslim countries and their media? Don’t they know that staying neutral when persecution is carried out is despicable? Don’t they know that what our brothers and sisters will remember about these sad days, years later, is not the torture of the tyrants, but the silence of us, their Muslim brothers



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Real chat with Rita




Opinion by Rita Markwell



Fighting the prejudice within

Prejudice (noun): Forming an opinion on a person or group of people without fully examining the situation.

After the Parramatta violence against a hijabi pregnant woman, some well-known brothers and sisters said it was hypocritical for Muslim male leaders to criticise the perpetrator, yet remain silent on family violence within Muslim families. This sparked a bigger debate about whether these remarks were deflecting attention from Islamophobia and just feeding into negative stereotypes about Muslim men. This provocative and highly charged debate struck at the heart of a tension we have as a community, in trying to effectively fight multiple external and internal battles when it comes to prejudice.

Systemic community issues like family violence do require leaders to be accountable on how much leadership they may or may not have taken. This comes back to who are the ‘leaders’ and how do they interpret their leadership role.

We are all leading whether we like it or not. As grown ups, there are young ones following us. As parents, older children, teachers – it’s not just this special class of people that many seem to have bestowed leadership upon, known as Imams.

When we choose to do nothing in the face of injustice, that is a form of leadership – just a negative kind – in the form of tacit approval.

This is the criticism we have levelled at our Prime Ministers, at the United Nations, the US President – that their refusal to act on things within their sphere causes such incredible damage, especially to community confidence.

So here we have a conundrum in that we are wanting to curb Islamophobia and its toxic influences, especially on our next generation and women, but we are really all over the place when it comes to proactive leadership ourselves on stemming the examples of prejudice that prevail internally.

If your family sat around lunch during these holidays saying things that created animosity towards people based on their ethnicity or religion or gender even, unfortunately they would not be unique.

Prejudiced thinking is everywhere. We’ve seen immigrants turn on asylum seekers ‘for coming the wrong way’, Muslims turn on niqabis for ‘propagating terrorism’, women who speak up about gender roles and abuse derided as ‘trouble makers’, other Muslims and Arabs privately agreeing with Dutton’s comments that it was a mistake to accept Lebanese refugees and immigrants in the 70s and 80s, and let’s not even start with the Sunni/Shia business.

We are a super diverse lot - in terms of cultures, ethnicities, political and social opinions. While this means we have mosques and community centres that look like the United Nations in some places (like the Arundel mosque), it can also mean that sectarian thinking can unconsciously rule.

We often stick to groups of people ‘just like us’. We might excuse or choose to do nothing about bad behaviour, preferring to grandstand and say that it is typical of “X” or “Y” people.

How many of us keep the intention of respectfully engaging with the ‘other group’ and seeking truth? Rather than succumbing to lazy generalisations and reductive thinking.

The only way for most of us to even know if we are carrying prejudice is to engage directly with those who are challenging us, and listen. Blindspots cannot be unveiled by ourselves.




Sister Rita Jabri Markwell is an advocate with the Australian Muslim Advocacy Network, a specialist political advocacy and policy development body now working at the national level. She can be reached at





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The 2020 Muslim 500








“Pluralism has always been a part of Indonesia’s DNA. Despite many challenges, Islam in Indonesia has always a force for moderation.”

“Violence motivated by anything—especially religion and belief—damages diversity.”

“Indonesian Islam is not Arabic Islam; it does not have to wear a robe, it does not have to wear a turban… The most important thing is the substance, that is the morality of Islam—robe, trousers, sarongs, no matter that.”


Over 17 thousand islands in Indonesia

700 languages spoken in Indonesia

Joko Widodo

President of Indonesia

Joko Widodo, or Jokowi as he is popularly known, was re-elected President of Indonesia in the April 2019 elections, winning 55.5% of the vote. Running against an opponent who questioned his Islamic credentials, President Widodo had selected Ma’ruf Amin as running mate. Ma’ruf Amin is leader of the Indonesian Ulema Council, the country’s top Muslim clerical body.

Background: President Widodo is the first Indonesian president not to be from the military or the political elite. He comes from a humble background of Javanese descent. His father had a small furniture business, which often couldn’t make ends meet. They struggled to put him through university, where he graduated in the field of forestry. After graduation, Widodo worked for three years in the forestry service of a state enterprise in Aceh before returning to his family business.

Successful and ‘Clean’ Politician: Widodo was the mayor of Surakarta before becoming the governor of Jakarta in September 2012. Mayor of Surakarta: He was a successful mayor who enjoyed a close relationship with his constituents. He focused on promoting the city as a centre of Javanese culture, but also developed the public transport system, healthcare and business relations with the community. He forged a reputation for being a ‘clean’ politician, avoiding the charges of corruption and nepotism which plague most politicians.

Governor of Jakarta: His political success continued with his election as governor of Jakarta. He was equally successful as governor, making meaningful reforms in education, public transportation, revamping street vendors and traditional markets, and implementing flood control.

Presidential candidacy: Various awards (3rd place of the 2012 World Mayor Prize, one of the ‘Top 10 Indonesian Mayors of 2008’) testified to his success as mayor and governor, and there was little surprise when Megawati Sukarnoputri, the former President of Indonesia, chose Widodo to be the presidential candidate of the PDI-P party. He has also enjoyed the support of many musicians and artists (he himself is reported to enjoy heavy metal music), and this helped him greatly on his presidential campaign.


Blusukan Culture: President Widodo has become well-known for impromptu visits to see and hear directly from people in local communities. This has allowed him to directly address their concerns and criticisms, allowing him to develop a strong personal relationship with the public.

Future Prospects: Although economic growth has not been as expected, strong investment in infrastructure and social services ensure that Widodo still enjoys strong support amongst the populace. He is also still seen as an honest leader and oversaw a successful 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta.





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Salih Yucel and Abu Bakr Sirajuddin Cook, editors Australian Journal of Islamic Studies




Editors' Introduction (Vol 3 No 3 2018): The history of Islam within Australia is an important, yet often overlooked, part of Australian history. Muslim presence in Australia has helped shape multicultural experience facilitating intercultural dialogue as well as contributing significantly to the development of the Australian nation. However, to date, it has received minimal scholarly attention. There have been significant studies on the engagements of the Maccasans, Muslim fishermen from Indonesia, with the Indigenous peoples of northern Australia. These studies have detailed the cultural interactions and trade between them and the lasting impacts of the inclusion of language foreign to Australian soil. There is also an increasing awareness of Australia's cameleers, many of whom were Muslims, and the contribution they made to maintaining trade routes and assisting early Australian explorers. Despite the growing interest in the field, the history of Islam in Australia remains an understudied area of research. This rich history dates back further than we thought and has possibly had a greater impact than what is recognised. Given the current political and social climate surrounding Islam globally, it is timely that this volume of the Australian Journal of Islamic Studies is published. This volume brings to light the depth and richness of Australia's Islamic heritage, challenging some of the prevalent assumptions on the topic, and calls for further studies in this field. Australia has proclaimed itself as being a successful example of a multicultural society. It is a society that has been shaped, and continues to be shaped, by a diverse range of cultural inputs. With this being the case, it is justifiable to ask how and why the contributions of Muslims to Australia have been largely overlooked.

Over the weeks, CCN highlights extracts from the Australian Journal of Islamic Studies which is an open access, double-blind peer-reviewed journal dedicated to the scholarly study of Islam.






ANZAC Muslims: An Untold Story

By Dzavid Haveric, Charles Sturt University



Abstract: When the Commonwealth of Australia became immersed in two World Wars, Australian Muslims accepted the national call -they shed their blood and gave their lives for Australia's freedom and democracy. With their Australian brothers-in-arms and allies they fought courageously with honour against their common enemies in different battlefields -but this is an almost forgotten history. Muslims in Australia were challenged by Britain's imperial might and by their status as British subjects and 'aliens' to take part in ANZAC showing their commitment to their adopted country.


The virtue of justice, sense of responsibility and loyalty are peculiar qualities that find their full justification in the organised welfare of Australian society. This pioneering article, based on ongoing research on ANZAC Muslims, makes known their unique contribution. It reveals historic facts about ANZAC Muslims who were members of what has come to be known as the Heroic Generation. Although their names have not appeared in history books, they achieved the glory of victory for a better future for new generations to come. Their contribution is part of Australian National Heritage -Lest we forget.



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After the wars, Australian soldiers shared their memories. When not on duty, they organised entertainment to enhance their friendship.


In 1940, Smith’s Weekly reported about two brothers, the “Indian Diggers” of the 1914 and 1939 wars. The story was related about Cass Mahomet, whose brother Hussein served in the army in World War II. It told a little of what the 1914 Indian Digger was doing for the war of 1939-40:

... at the church army hut in Ingleburn, I noticed a crowd of our boys streaming in. So I joined the crowd, and on to the stage came a dark-skinned chap, wearing a returned soldier’s badge. He [Cass] said he was a soldier of the last war and had come over from New Zealand to see his brother [Hussein], who was in Ingleburn camp. At his own expense, he had brought out a little concert party to amuse the boys.


The programme was a very good one. The 1914 –18 Indian Digger and his wife were the principal artists. But what appealed to one was that the 1939 Indian Digger also took part in the programme, presenting some good items. It must have been a great thrill for these two Indian brothers to be up on the stage entertaining the boys. At the end, the crowd got up and gave them three hearty cheers. I hope he reads this, to show we fully appreciate his action.

During their time of military service, such Australian soldiers remembered that they not only learned about other countries and their cultural-religious heritage, but also the native lands and background of their fellows. It has been recorded that a party of Australian soldiers were the honoured guests at Muslim religious ceremonies in an ancient Muslim graveyard in the Middle East –“a scene none of the Australians is ever likely to forget.” Small parties of Arabs sat around the tombs in the swirling, white mist swaying rhythmically from side to side and chanting sections of the Qur’an in unison.


In Jerusalem, the soldiers visited the Mosque of Omar. After obtaining passes and donning felt slippers, they entered the mosque proper. Their guide explained to them the history of the mosque from its foundation to the present. They thus saw magnificent sights, including centuries-old mosaics, a huge dome, rounded with magnificent pillars of marble, and which, some historians suggest, once graced the Temple of Solomon. They also saw the stained and coloured glass windows “the most wonderful that can be imagined,” in such hues that is a “lost art.” The lofty dome and ceiling re-echoed the soldiers’ voices, finding themselves “speaking to one another in subdued tones.”


From the Mosque of Omar, they went to the al-Aqsa Mosque, “a smaller mosque, but just as cherished.” From there, they went to the mosque museum. There they saw “the treasures of the ancients in a marvellous state of preservation.” In the museum, they saw the second oldest copy of the Qur’an, in a remarkable state of preservation, although the pages were yellow with age.









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Op-Eds; Commentaries & Blogs





India: Intimations of an Ending:


The rise of Modi and the Hindu far right

By Arundhati Roy



Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, center, waves as Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Amit Shah, left, looks on during a public meeting in Ahmedabad, May 26, 2019.


Continued from last week's CCN....


When Modi was sworn in as India’s 14th prime minister, he was celebrated not just by his support base of Hindu nationalists but also by India’s major industrialists and businessmen, by many Indian liberals, and by the international media as the epitome of hope and progress, a saviour in a saffron business suit, whose very person represented the confluence of the ancient and the modern—of Hindu nationalism and no-holds-barred free-market capitalism.

While Modi has delivered on Hindu nationalism, he has stumbled badly on the free-market front. Through a series of blunders, he has brought India’s economy to its knees. In 2016, a little over a year into his first term, he announced on television that, from that moment on, all 500 and 1,000 rupee banknotes—over 80 percent of the currency in circulation—had ceased to be legal tender. Nothing like it had ever been done on such a scale in the history of any country. Neither the finance minister nor the chief economic adviser seemed to have been taken into confidence. This “demonetization,” the prime minister said, was a “surgical strike” on corruption and terror funding. This was pure quack economics, a home remedy being tried on a nation of more than a billion people. It turned out to be nothing short of devastating. But there were no riots. No protests. People stood meekly in line outside banks for hours on end to deposit their old currency notes—the only way left to redeem them. No Chile, Catalonia, Lebanon, Hong Kong. Almost overnight, jobs disappeared, the construction industry ground to a halt, small businesses simply shut down.

Some of us foolishly believed that this act of unimaginable hubris would be the end of Modi. How wrong we were. People rejoiced. They suffered—but rejoiced. It was as though pain had been spun into pleasure. As though their suffering was the labor pain that would soon birth a glorious, prosperous, Hindu India.





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Hussin Goss conducts (another) conversion at the Gold Coast Mosque












Sufi Qawwali by Farhan Shah & Brothers


Dubbed the Pakistani Pavarotti for his phenomenal voice, Farhan Shah heads this powerhouse music group presenting the traditional Sufi music of Pakistan and South Asia at this year's Woodford Folk Festival.








  Khalid's World Group


How do people who celebrate Christmas feel celebrating in a Muslim country?






Zaman International founder being honoured as CNN Hero


WXYZ-TV Detroit | Channel 7


You have heard of ”Great Wall of China”, have you heard of “Grand Wall of Masjids”?






Turkish President Erdogan’s message


to the South African Muslim Community


CII International














It is the usual policy of CCN to include notices of events, video links and articles that some readers may find interesting or relevant. Such notices are often posted as received. Including such messages/links or providing the details of such events does not necessarily imply endorsement or agreement by CCN of the contents therein.


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DATE: 27 December 2019

TOPIC: "Reflecting on the past decade"
IMAM: Zohair Rahman












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 DATE: 27 December 2019

TOPIC: "Quality of Actions" Part 3

IMAM: Uzair Akbar 










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Young British Muslims support homeless over Christmas period    


Muslim leaders to deliver 10,000 meals to rough sleepers before December 31 and vow to clean up after New Year parties.


LONDON: Young Muslim leaders in the United Kingdom are attempting to deliver 10,000 meals to rough sleepers by the end of the year, and have pledged to clean the streets after New Year's Eve celebrations in a bid to start 2020 by helping the environment.

Adeel Shah, 24, is among the group working with the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association (AMYA), which describes itself as the UK's oldest Muslim youth organisation.

He told Al Jazeera that on Wednesday, Christmas Day, the group will provide food to rough sleepers and ask them how they think homelessness should be solved.

On New Year's Day, the group plans to pick up rubbish in several towns and cities, in the hope "2020 will see a drop in pollution and plastic waste", he said.  

AL Jazeera


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Ethiopian Muslims protest after several mosques burned    


Ethiopians call for justice after four mosques burned in attacks in the Amhara region.


ETHIOPIA: Several thousand Muslims across Ethiopia in recent days have protested against the burning of four mosques in the Amhara region.

The attacks last Friday in Motta town, more than 350km (217 miles) north of the capital Addis Ababa, also targeted Muslim-owned businesses. Muslims have called for the perpetrators to be brought to justice.

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has called the attacks "attempts by extremists to break down our rich history of religious tolerance and coexistence". Recent ethnic-based unrest in some parts of the country has at times taken religious form.

Prominent Muslim scholar Kamil Shemsu on Tuesday told The Associated Press news agency there are "political actors who want to pit one religious group against another" and blamed the negative role of activists and videos circulated online.

Amhara regional officials said they have arrested 15 suspects in connection with the attacks. Police commander Jemal Mekonnen told state media the attacks appeared to be triggered by news of a fire that broke out in an Orthodox church a few days earlier. 

AL Jazeera


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Record 18 Muslim MPs elected, majority women    


Top row: Apsana Begum Lab, Tahir Ali Lab, Yasmin Qureshi Lab, Saqib Bhatti Con, Tulip Siddiq Lab, Sajid Javid Con | Middle Row: Khalid Mahmood Lab, Zarah Sultana Lab, Imran Hussain Con, Naz Shah Lab, Mohammad Yasin Lab, Nusrat Ghani Con. | Bottom Row: Rupa Huq Lab, Rehman Chishti Con, Rosena Allin-Khan Lab, Afzal Khan Lab, Shabana Mahmood Lab, Rushanara Ali Lab. (Credit: Creative Commons)


UK: Muslim candidates won a record of 18 Parliamentary seats at this month’s General Election, three more than in 2017 but slightly less than expected as Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party scored a resounding 80 seat majority.

The number of successful Muslim candidates are spread over London, the South-East, the Midlands, North-West and North East, though none are in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland. No less than 10 are Muslim women, including Apsana Begum, 29, in the safe Labour seat of Poplar and Limehouse, who is the first hijab-wearing MP.

Begum was endorsed by the left-wing group Momentum and nominated from an all-women shortlist.



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British boxer Amir Khan responds to trolls who criticised him celebrating Christmas    



Shared on Christmas Day, Khan captioned the picture: “Happy holidays from mine to yours, enjoy the festive season."


UK: Amir Khan has responded to trolls who criticised him for an Instagram picture taken with his family at home in front of a Christmas tree.

The 33-year-old, who is a practising Muslim, shared the image of himself, his wife Faryal Makhdoom, and their two children, Lamaisah and Alayna, wearing matching pyjamas.

Shared on Christmas Day, Khan captioned the picture: “Happy holidays from mine to yours, enjoy the festive season.”

Many commenters were supportive of the professional boxer, but some disagreed with Khan celebrating the Christian holiday when he follows Islam.

One said: “Have some respect for your religion.”

Another said: “Imagine having a Christmas tree and being Muslim, could never be me.”

On Boxing Day Khan responded, saying: “So shocked by all the hate I’m getting on my Twitter and my Instagram for wishing everyone Merry Christmas and posting a picture with my family in Christmas outfits. Just want to tell those people ‘I don’t give a f**k’ [sic].”


Lots of his followers agreed that he didn’t need to apologise for celebrating Christmas.

One said: “I became Muslim 31 years ago and always look forward to celebrating Christmas with my large Christian family at my parent’s house just as they enjoy celebrating Eid with us. Sharing and celebrating together is what unites us and removes the divide/hate we see in society."

Another said: “I’m Jewish, my kids are half-Jewish, this year we celebrated Eid with our Iranian friends here in London. A happy holiday to you…”

Liverpool player Mo Salah has also been criticised for a picture he posted of his wife and daughter in front of a Christmas tree.




Some commenters said Salah’s picture was “haram”, meaning forbidden by Islamic law. Salah has not publicly responded to the criticism.

Instead fans have defended him, saying: “I’m Muslim and there is nothing wrong with this picture.

“Islam is about peace and if Mo Salah wants to take a picture in front of a Christmas tree then let him.”



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CCN Readers' Book Club: You are what you read!









The Great Theft



Khaled Abou El Fadl




Despite President George W. Bush's assurances that Islam is a peaceful religion and that all good Muslims hunger for democracy, confusion persists and far too many Westerners remain convinced that Muslims and terrorists are synonymous. In the aftermath of the attacks of 9/11, the subsequent wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and the recent bombings in London, an unprecedented amount of attention has been directed toward Islam and the Muslim world. Yet, even with this increased scrutiny, most of the public discourse regarding Islam revolves around the actions of extremist factions such as the Wahhabis and al-Qa'ida. But what of the Islam we don't hear about?

As the second-largest and fastest-growing religion in the world, Islam is deemed by more than a billion Muslims to be a source of serenity and spiritual peace, and a touchstone for moral and ethical guidance. While extremists have an impact upon the religion that is wildly disproportionate to their numbers, moderates constitute the majority of Muslims worldwide. It is this rift between the quiet voice of the moderates and the deafening statements of the extremists that threatens the future of the faith.

In The Great Theft, Khaled Abou El Fadl, one of the world's preeminent Islamic scholars, argues that Islam is currently passing through a transformative period no less dramatic than the movements that swept through Europe during the Reformation. At this critical juncture there are two completely opposed worldviews within Islam competing to define this great world religion. The stakes have never been higher, and the future of the Muslim world hangs in the balance.

Drawing on the rich tradition of Islamic history and law, The Great Theft is an impassioned defence of Islam against the encroaching power of the extremists. As an accomplished Islamic jurist, Abou El Fadl roots his arguments in long-standing historical legal debates and delineates point by point the beliefs and practices of moderate Muslims, distinguishing these tenets from the corrupting influences of the extremists. From the role of women in Islam to the nature of jihad, from democracy and human rights to terrorism and warfare, Abou El Fadl builds a vital vision for a moderate Islam. At long last, the great majority of Muslims who oppose extremism have a desperately needed voice to help reclaim Islam's great moral tradition.






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Islamic State: The Digital Caliphate
No Friend But the Mountains: Writing from Manus Prison
The Baghdad Clock
Saïd the Fisherman
Through The Peacock Gate
English Translation of the Qur'an
Home Fire
The Last Girl: My Story of Captivity, and My Fight Against the Islamic State
The Cambridge Companion to Religion and Terrorism
Refuting ISIS: A Rebuttal Of Its Religious And Ideological Foundations
Islam in Europe
Understanding Sharia: Islamic Law in a Globalised World
From My Sisters' Lips
A Long Jihad: My Quest for the Middle Way
Rusted Off: Why Country Australia Is Fed Up
Step Up: Embrace the Leader Within
The Lebs
British Mosques
From MTV to Mecca: How Islam Inspired My Life
I, Migrant: A comedian's journey from Karachi to the outback

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Self-Care and Clarity of Mind...a weekly column by Princess Lakshman (Sister Iqra )





Princess Lakshman


Writer, Clarity Coach, Founder and Facilitator of Healing Words Therapy - Writing for Wellbeing




















Welcome to my weekly column on Self-Care and Clarity of Mind. If you’re taking time out to read this, pat yourself on the back because you have shown commitment to taking care of your mind and body.

As you embark upon preparing that oftentimes ritualistic annual list of resolutions for the new year, remember to reflect upon your thoughts, words, and deeds.
Remember to include a prayer...
A prayer to be an instrument for kindness, compassion, love, light, peace, courage, joy and justice.
In every moment of the Creator’s miracle,
Ask to be an instrument to facilitate healing, empathy, health, wisdom and soulfulness.
Every moment in life's cycle of learning,
Ask to be a student and a teacher.
In life’s daily tests,
pray for lessons that
uplift, inspire and celebrate life.
And pray that your thoughts, words and deeds
Be in sync with the Creator's master plan.
The only plan that matters.

I am deeply grateful to you for taking time out of your precious life to read my columns and send me messages of encouragement and constructive feedback.
Almighty Allah bless you and your loved ones with optimal health and wellbeing and give you clarity, courage, wisdom and guidance to remain steadfast in your faith in HIM alone and to ride through the waves of the ocean of life with gratitude and prayer.

Life in this body is temporary. Your soul temporarily dwells in a body with sensory perceptions. This body reacts to those perceptions. In other words, your body is a bag of Nafs motivating the Egoic self to succumb to unnecessary fears and want to control outcomes instead of flow with the Creator's plans for you. As much as possible, remain aware of this and aim to operate from your soulful self, not your egoic self. Insha Allah, we shall connect next year.

Your sister in humanity,
Princess R. Lakshman

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If you wish to know about a specific topic with regards to Self-Care and Clarity of Mind, please text or email me. If you wish to have a FREE one hour Finding Clarity telephone session, contact me on 0451977786




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KB's Culinary Corner





KB says: With mangoes in abundance here is a great recipe which is nutritious, great tasting and perfect for Summer.  


Mango, Lettuce and Avocado Salad






Green oak lettuce torn into small pieces
1 large avocado diced
1 large mango diced
2 tab. slivered almonds, toasted
2 tab. dried cranberries
1 small green chilli, chopped (seeds removed)
Mix all together and place in your serving bowl and refrigerate.

Whisk together 1 tab extra virgin olive oil and 1 tab. vinegar in a jug.
Season with salt and pepper and pour over the salad mixture just before serving. 



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Baba's Halal Kitchen


(Hussain Baba is the host and chef of *BABA’S HALAL KITCHEN*, a show where he uses his own unique style to cook 'Quick, Easy and Delicious' dishes.)



Baba’s Chicken Curry with Potatoes

"Even though Muslims don’t celebrate Christmas, we should show our good Islamic obligations by feeding the “needy and homeless people”. Today, I cooked “Chicken Curry with Potatoes” for Christmas lunch for the ‘Needy & Homeless” organised by Susie Longman and her team in Labrador, Gold Coast"








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Keeping Fit with Kareema










My Health and Fitness

Tel: 0404 844 786






Q: Dear Kareema, what are some of your best fitness tips for a newbie? I’m starting my new ME journey.

A: Good on you :

• Get clearance from your GP
• Start slowly, start easy
• Exercise regularly
• Keep challenging yourself
• Eat healthier
• Keep your water intake up
• Get enough sleep
• Take rest days
• Stay motivated, enlist a workout buddy
• Keep doing YOU!
• The key is to be consistent
• The key is to be mentally stronger than you physically feel
• The key is to HAVE FUN!!



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Send your question to Kareema at

All questions sent in are published here anonymously and without any references to the author of the question.




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The CCN Chuckle





Teacher: "How old is your father?"


Young Jallalludin: "He is 6 years."


Teacher: "What! How is this possible?"


Young Jallalludin: "He became my father only when I was born."


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An Ayaat-a-Week






But if anyone earns a fault or a sin and throws it on to one that is innocent, he carries [on himself] [both] a falsehood and a flagrant sin.


~ Surah An-Nisaa 4:112


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"Anti-social behaviour is a trait of intelligence

in a world full of conformists."



~ Nikola Tesla




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Australian International Islamic College along with Al-Noor Institute have planned an intensive program for the youth during the school holidays.

This is an excellent opportunity to occupy our youngsters while gaining beneficial and practical knowledge about Islamic topics taught in a fun, easy to understand format. It is not only good for our youth, but for our wider community as well.


Topics for the junior alim group include: Quranic vocabulary, Akhlaq of Nabi, Basic tajweed. Quran memorisation, Wudu and Salah and concluded with a fitness session. Younger ages from 5 years old will learn basic duas, some surahs, Islamic manners, Wudu & Salah and more.


For more information contact the numbers on the flyer.















































































Kuraby Masjid Needs YOU!

As part of the Masjid's vision to create an active, robust and thriving Muslim community, we are setting up various working groups.


These groups include (but are not limited to): Dawah, Technology & Social Media, Youth, Open Days/School Visits, Sisterhood, New Muslim Support.

Please go to the following website to register your interest:

If you would like to assist the Masjid in any other capacity, please contact us as per the details on our website.




































































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Donations & Appeals





We speak your Language | MAA International







Holland Park Mosque Safety Fundraising Drive 








This historic 111 years old mosque was unfortunately targeted today with threatening graffiti, symbols of hatred and reference to the Christchurch terrorist. Sadly, in recent times these hate crimes have become common and many of our patrons have been victims of abuse, threats and even bottles thrown at them.

We are an open and welcoming mosque. We want peace and wish to keep the community safe. After the repeated attacks we are looking to upgrade the security of the mosque to include more cameras, security locks and gates.

The Australian community has always shown great support, for which we are very thankful for and proud to call Australia our home.

We welcome people from all communities to join us and stop hatred and spread the message of peace and love!

Please help us collect these much needed funds and show the offenders that peace and love will always win!









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14 March



1st National Conference 2020. "Environmental Crisis and Our Obligations to Act: Teachings from Islam and Abrahamic Faith Traditions"

  Griffith University Centre for Interfaith and Cultural Dialogue 0413 067 160  


23 March





(Ascension night)

27th Rajab 1441



10 April(tentative)




(Lailatul Bahrat)

15th Sha'baan 1441



25 April(tentative)




(Start of the month of fasting)

1st Ramadaan 1441



21 May(tentative)




(Night of Power)

27th Ramadaan 1441



25 May(tentative)




(End of the month of fasting)

1st Shawal 1441



31 July(tentative)




(Day of Arafah)

9th Zil-Hijjah 1441



1 August (tentative)




10th Zil-Hijja 1441



21 August(tentative)




(Islamic New Year)

1st Muharram 1442



30 August (tentative)




10th Muharram 1442



30 October





(Birth of Prophet Mohammed (pbuh)

12th Rabi-ul-Awwal 1442




1. All Islamic Event dates given above are supplied by the Council of Imams QLD (CIQ) and are provided as a guide and are tentative and subject to the sighting of the moon.


2. The Islamic date changes to the next day starting in the evenings after maghrib. Therefore, except for Lailatul Mehraj, Lailatul Bhahraat and Lailatul Qadr - these dates refer to the commencement of the event starting in the evening of the corresponding day.



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Bald Hills, Brisbane




Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane 

39 Bushmills Court, Hillcrest Qld 4118


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Masjid As Sunnah



Every Sunday Quran Tafsir or Islamic Lesson or Arabic Class.
After Magrib
Conducting by Imam Yahia Baej

Children Arabic/Quran Class every Tue-Wed-Thursday after Magrib




Nuria Khataam
Date: Every last Wednesday of the month
Time: After Esha Salaat
Venue: Algester Mosque
Contact: Yahya
Ph: 0403338040















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Useful Links




HikmahWay Institute HikmahWay offers online and in-person Islamic courses to equip Muslims of today with the knowledge, understanding and wisdom to lead balanced, wholesome and beneficial lives.

Kuraby Mosque

Holland Park Mosque

Al-Nisa Provide young Muslim women in Queensland with support and opportunities to express themselves

MUSLIMS AUSTRALIA / Australian Federation of Islamic Councils (AFIC) Islamic Schools, Halal Services and a whole lot more...

AFIC Schools (Malek Fahd Islamic School, Sydney, NSW) (Islamic College of Brisbane, QLD) (Islamic College of South Australia, SA) (Langford Islamic College, Perth, WA) (Islamic College of Canberra, ACT)

Karratha Muslims (Muslims in Western Australia)

Islam TV Recording of lectures and events in and around Queensland

Muslim Directory Australia

Carers Queensland Free service for multicultural clients who are carers, elderly and people with disabilities

Brisbane Muslim Burial Society (BMBS)

Muslim Charitable Foundation (MCF) Coordinated collection & distribution of: Zakaah, Lillah, Sadaqah, Fitrana, Unwanted interest

Islamic Medical Association of Queensland (IMAQ)

Network of Muslim healthcare professionals

Al-Imdaad Foundation (Australia)

Australian Muslim Youth Network (AMYN)

Find out about the latest events, outings, fun-days, soccer tournaments, BBQs organised by AMYN. Network with other young Muslims on the AMYN Forum

Islamic Council of Queensland (ICQ)  Umbrella body representing various Mosques and Societies in Queensland

Current list of businesses certified halal by ICQ  7 August 2011

Islamic Friendship Association of Australia

Blog of the Association's activities

United Muslims of Brisbane

Crescents of Brisbane's CRESCAFE (Facebook)

Muslim Women's eNewsletter Sultana's Dream is a not-for-profit e-magazine that aims to provide a forum for the opinions of Australian Muslim women

Islamic Solutions Articles and Audio recordings

Islamic Relief Australia

National Zakat Foundation (NZF)

MCCA Islamic Finance  & Investments

Gold Coast Mosque  Incorporating Islamic Society of Gold Coast Inc.

South African National Halaal Authority (SANHA)

Muslim Womens' Convert Support Group (MWCSG) Network of Muslim women converts from the Brisbane and Gold Coast areas of Queensland.

Australian International Islamic College (Durack)

Islamic Society of Algester

Jamiatul Ulama Western Australia Body of Muslim Theologians (Ulama, Religious Scholars)

Islamic Women's Association of Queensland (IWAQ)

Community based, not-for-profit organisation providing Settlement, Aged Care, disability, social activities and employment opportunities.

Federation of Australian Muslim Students & Youth (FAMSY)

Queensland Intercultural Society (QIS)

GIRU - Griffith Islamic Research Unit Qld Stories link or YouTube link

Gold Coast Halal Certification Services (GCHCS)

Muslim Aid Australia Serving Humanity

Human Appeal International Australia  Always with you on the road to goodness

Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane  Preserving the Past, Educating the Present to Create the Future

Islamic Shia Council of Queensland

Muslim Reverts Network

Supporting new Muslims

Muslim Funeral Services (MFS)

 Funeral Directors & Funeral Fund Managers for the Brisbane and Gold Coast communities

Islamic Society of Bald Hills (ISBH) : Masjid Taqwa

Tafseers and Jumma Khubahs uploaded every week.

Muslim Community & Qld floods

How the community helped out during the 2010 QLD floods

The CCN Young Muslim Writers Award (Facebook)

The Queensland Muslim Historical Society  (Facebook)

Muslim Women's National Network of Australia, Inc (MWNNA)

Peak body representing a network of Muslim women's organisations and individuals throughout Australia

Sultana's Dream

Online magazine

Lockyer Valley Islamic Association

iCare QLD (formerly AYIA Foundation) - Charity

Slacks Creek Mosque Mosque and Community Centre

Al Tadhkirah Institute Madressa, Hifz and other Islamic courses

Centre for Islamic Thought & Education University of South Australia

Hurricane Stars Club Get Active & Have Fun, Confidently!

Sisters Support Services Programs and activities for women in need ( and 0404 921 620)


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